The Shape of Water at OWL Farm
There is an old myth that ‘there’s no water at OWL Farm’. While that’s never been true, getting what is there hasn’t always been easy. OWL Farm’s current caretaker Nancy has worked hard over the years to make water from the many sources on the land more available. The extensive history Nancy has gathered about OWL Farm’s original watershed collection system has been invaluable in driving this plan. As announced in the December OWLT newsletter the Farm Team proposes to restore this water system as climate change impacts wildlife and makes our 147 acre sanctuary more vulnerable than ever to wildfire.
Water flows downhill from the north, east and west ridges and long ago fed a pond at the southern end, which would then overflow into a smaller pond. Currently the upper pond is shallow with silt, the retainer wall is breached, and most of the water runs down the hillsides to a culvert that takes it through the Main house area and off the land. Some of the water is routed into the cistern with water lines going to the garden, coop and main house.
The Farm Team proposes to ultimately restore the two ponds and store the overflow in a tank. We’ll be able to hold water for fire protection as well as creating much needed water pressure for use below. The best window for the work is coming right up and doesn’t last long since all machinery and vehicles shut down for the summer.
This project has already raised money for the roadwork to the meadow (done last summer), which makes it possible now for the pond work to be done, so this vision has been long in the making.
We need to raise $2500 as soon as possible for the upper pond work. One generous donor has pledged to purchase the $1000 storage tank (goes below the upper pond) and other donations are coming in. The entire project is estimated at $5000.
Over the years many women have said ‘if only OWL Farm had a pond’ and now we’re on the path to making that a reality (think swimming!). If you live in the area we will be at OWL Farm at noon Saturday April 28th to walk the project. If you can support this dream in any way large or small please help us make it so!
OWLT Farm Team
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OWLT GARDEN PARTIES 2017
Oregon Women's Land Trust is pleased to announce the Summer 2017 Garden Party schedule which will feature 4 gardens in 4 months in 4 different locations, from Eugene to Ashland. Garden Parties showcase a specific gardening theme or method a woman has used in her garden, and is a great opportunity to learn new gardening techniques. The Garden Parties also serve as the primary fundraiser for the Owl Farm property tax fund. Bring your fresh produce & preserved delights for Give Away; pay what you are able, all to benefit OWLT.
See our CALENDAR for dates and more info.